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September 22, 2022 Special Announcements No. 1250

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Weekly: September 17-24, 2022

September 22, 2022
Special Announcements No. 1250

The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to [email protected] with "Membership" in the subject line.)

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EXCLUSIVE: In Combined Issue Of Its Magazine 'Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind,' Al-Qaeda In Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) Honors Muslims Who Opposed 'Blasphemy' Against Muhammad 'From Ranchi Of Jharkhand [In India] To Europe's Norway'

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The cover of the latest issue of the Urdu-language Al-Qaeda magazine Nawa-i-Ghazwa-e-Hind ("The Voice Of The Battle Of India") is devoted to Muhammad, founder of Islam, and while calling for the killing of blasphemers, the magazine includes a series of articles advocating jihad and reports from jihadi battlefields.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Former Afghan Mujahideen Leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar To Russian News Agency Sputnik: 'We Insist On Election, Do Not Want Any Job In The Incumbent [Taliban] Government Nor In Any Unelected Government'

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the former Afghan mujahideen leader who fought U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 9/11 before joining the peace process in Afghanistan, has said that his Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) party has no intention of joining the Afghan Taliban's de facto government.

 

Al-Qaeda Affiliate Al-Shabab Claims Ambush Of U.S.-Trained Somali Special Forces Backed By U.S. Drones Attacking Areas Under Its Control In Central Somalia

On September 15, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's Somalia-based affiliate Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab), claimed it had repelled an assault by U.S.-trained Somali special forces backed by U.S. drones, on areas under the jihadi group's control in Somalia's central Hiran region.

 

At Al-Shabab Graduation Ceremony For Hundreds Of Fighters, Including Suicide Battalion, Spokesman Vows Ongoing War Against Somali Government, Its Allies, Warns Local Tribes To Repent

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On September 18, 2022, the official media outlet of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab) published a 30-minute video titled: "No Doubt, Surely, Allah's Promise Is True [Quran 10:55]."

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Article Praises Al-Shabab's Growing Power In East Africa, Warns It Will Not Hesitate To Kill Unbelievers Who Try To Confront It

On September 13, 2022, a pro-Al-Qaeda media outlet published an article on ChirpWire which hailed the growing power of Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia.

 

ISIS In Syria Claims Three Attacks Perpetrated In Single Day Against SDF Forces In Northeastern Syria

On September 19, 2022, ISIS's "Syria Province" claimed responsibility for three attacks perpetrated one day earlier against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Deir Al-Zour governorate in northeastern Syria.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Claims First Ever Attack In Southwestern Nigerian State Of Ondo

On September 21, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed firing at a vehicle of the Nigerian police in the town of Ipele in the southwestern Ondo State, damaging it and causing the officers on board to flee.

 

ISIS Weekly Details Attacks On Malian Army, Al-Qaeda, Russian Wagner Group, And Beninese Forces

On September 15, 2022, the ISIS released issue 356 of its weekly newsletter, Al-Naba'.

 

ISIS Weekly: Spokesman's Address Proves Effectiveness Of Official Media In Refuting Enemies' 'Wishful Thinking'

Issue 356 of the Islamic State's (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba' newsletter, dated September 16, 2022, featured an editorial titled "Al-Furqan And The Devil's Wishes," arguing that the recent release by ISIS's media arm Al-Furqan was successful in dispelling speculation by the group's enemies, who wish to see ISIS leaders killed and the group defeated.

 

Issue Three Of ISIS-K's Urdu-Language Magazine Calls For Killing Of Pakistani Soldiers: 'Every Street In Pakistan Is Now A Battlefront – Wherever You Find Any Soldiers, Gun Them Down'

The latest issue of the Urdu-language jihadi magazine Yalghar ("Invasion") – which is published by the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K) – calls for the killing of Pakistan Army soldiers in the streets of Pakistan. It slams Pakistan for seeking a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 

After Pro-ISIS Telegram Channels Denounce Prominent Online Supporter, Anti-ISIS Channel Claims Organization's Central Media Has Lost Control Over Supporters

On September 11, 2022, a new pro-ISIS Telegram channel launched a campaign against a Telegram user, with the aim of "revealing the specious claims and vile deeds of the one bearing this name in the field of support [for ISIS]."

 

As Part Of Pro-ISIS Social Media Campaign, Prominent ISIS Supporters Accuse Moderate Muslims Of Aiding Enemies Of Islam, Encouraging Apostasy And Corruption Among Muslims

Supporters of the ISIS recently launched a social media campaign against moderate Muslims who avoid directing accusations of apostasy against Muslim leaders who do not govern according to the laws of Islam. The campaign was launched on September 18, 2022.

 

Lead Article In Issue 13 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Says U.S.-China Conflict Will Benefit Islamic State And Muslims: 'The Tatar Savages Failed In Dominating The Muslims, And The Chinese Thugs Will Also Fail In The Same Way, By The Will Of Allah'

A lead article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the media arm of Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), argues that the Western countries has used companies with which to spy on and colonize nations of the world, and that China is pursuing the same methodology to advance its global military and strategic domination through economic policies.

 

Article In Issue 13 Of ISIS-K Magazine 'Voice Of Khurasan' Says Forsaking Jihad Is A Sin: 'With The Abandonment Of Jihad, Corrupt People Such As Infidels, Apostates, Rebels, And Dacoits Increase'

In an article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," an English-language monthly magazine published by Al-Azaim Foundation, the media arm of the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), the Islamic State cites Koranic verses and hadiths (sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad) to argue that abandoning jihad is sin.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Escalates Attacks On UAE-Backed Security Belt Forces In Southern Yemen, Claims: Enemy's Military Offensive Failed

On September 17-19, 2022, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) published a series of claims of responsibility for attacks carried out over the course of two weeks (September 6-19) against the UAE-backed Security Belt Forces in Abyan Governorate, southern Yemen.

 

Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Escalates Attacks In Counteroffensive Against UAE-Backed Forces In Southern Yemen

On September 14-15, 2022, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) published four claims of responsibility for attacks carried out over the course of three days (September 10-13) against the UAE-backed Security Belt Forces in Abyan governorate and Shabwah Defense Forces in Shabwah governorate, south Yemen.

 

Al-Qaeda's Sahel Affiliate Claims Four Attacks In Ten Days Against Malian Army And Wagner Group, One Against Regional Governor

On September 17, 2022, the media office of the Mali-based Al-Qaeda-affiliate Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM), together with an affiliate media group, issued two statements containing claims of responsibility for four attacks carried out by the group between September 6 and 15 in Mali against the army and the Russia-backed Wagner group.

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Magazine: U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Began 'New World Order' Which Strengthened Russia At America's Expense, Mujahideen Must Exploit 'War Of Attrition' Between U.S. And Russian Axis

The first issue of a new pro-Al-Qaeda Arabic-language magazine, released on September 10, 2022 in honor of the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, contains an article titled "The Importance of Khorasan to the International System."

 

Pro-Al-Qaeda Ideologue Condemns ISIS Attacks On Afghan Mosques As Un-Islamic, Calls On Afghan Taliban To Expose Collaboration Between ISIS, Afghan National Resistance

On September 14, 2022, a Jordan-based pro-Al-Qaeda jihadi ideologue took part in an Arabic-language audio livestream on Twitter Spaces titled: "Who is Blowing Up Mosques in Afghanistan?"

 

Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) Denounces Chinese Crimes Against Uyghurs, Asks Muslims And International Community To Support Their Cause

On September 19, 2022, a Telegram channel affiliated with the Uyghur jihadi Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) published a ten-page article in Arabic and Uyghur versions by the deputy emir of TIP, titled "A Message to the World: We are Not Chinese, Rather We are from East Turkestan."

 

After Combat Deaths Of Two Teen Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Fighters, Opponents Accuse Group Of 'War Crimes' For Using Child Soldiers, Supporter Responds By Rejecting International Law

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On September 18, 2022, several Telegram channels supporting Syrian jihadi group Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) reported that two fighters from HTS' 'Umar bin Al-Khattab Brigade had been killed at the front in Al-Atareb, west of Aleppo.

 

Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-Backed Government In Idlib To Issue Identification Cards

On September 12, 2022, the Hay'at Tahir Al-Sham (HTS)-backed Syrian Salvation Government (SSG) announced that it would begin issuing identification cards to residents of the "Liberated Areas," areas in northwestern Syria which are under the HTS-backed government's control.

 

Syrian Opposition Website: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iran-Backed Militias In Syria Preparing For Military Strike, Possibly Against Al-Tanf Base, Housing U.S. Forces

A September 18, 2022 report on a Syrian opposition website states that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran-backed militias in Syria are preparing for a military operation, possibly against the base in Al-Tanf in southern Syria, where U.S. forces are stationed.

 

Pro-Iran Telegram Outlet Applauds Russia-Iran Drone Deal As Proof Of Iran's Advanced Military Capabilities: Iranian Drones Can Target Israel, Challenge NATO

On September 19, 2022, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published a lengthy post highlighting a recent report by the Wall Street Journal titled "Russia's Use of Iranian Kamikaze Drones Creates New Dangers for Ukrainian Troops."

 

Houthi Armed Forces Showcase Drones, Ballistic Missiles, Combat Boats in Sanaa Military Parade

On September 21, 2022, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement held a military parade in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

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